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Jun 7, 2019
If you've watched enough anime, you've surely noticed that some anime studios have their distinct in-house styles that transcend franchises or genres, and perhaps no studio does this as clearly as Shaft. Akiyuki Shinbou and his team made themselves known through critically acclaimed adaptations like the Monogatari series and original anime like Puella Magi Madoka Magica, as well as other popular anime series, through a signature visual surrealism, quick cuts, and a focus on the strange aspects of ordinary life. While 2010's Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru (SoreMachi) lacks the flashiness of Shaft's more successful adaptations, it provides one of the most immersive settings I've seen read more
May 23, 2019
Note: This review is intended to cover both seasons.

Shinichirou Watanabe is best known for directing two very popular highly-regarded original anime series--1998's Cowboy Bebop and 2004's Samurai Champloo, both of which feature an episodic format and a unique blend of genres and influences which make him even more popular in the West than in Japan. In 2014, Watanabe and Bones released Space Dandy. Like Bebop and Champloo, it was an anime original with clear Western influences and a purely episodic (well, not really--you'll see what I mean in the final episodes) format, about the adventures of a cocky but incompetent bounty hunter, his lazy alien read more